While the Toronto Blue Jays remain among the teams interested in free agent outsider Michael Brantley, they have not reached a contract, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN.
Earlier, ESPN reported that the Blue Jays and Brantley had struck a deal to join former Houston Astros teammate George Springer, who on Tuesday agreed to a six-year, $ 1
Demand for Brantley, 33, remains strong due to its high contact frequency, low impact ratio and plate polishing. In 46 games with Astros in 2020, alternating between the left field and DH, Brantley hit. 300, with five homers, 22 RBI and OPS of .840.
Since 2014, he has scored at least 300 for five seasons, equal to four others for the most such seasons in baseball during that period. He also achieved success in just 10.1% of his appearances on the plate since 2014, the third best place in baseball during that time, with a minimum of 2,000 appearances on the plate.
Injuries worried Brantley during his 12-year career with the Cleveland Indians and Astros, in which Brantley averaged .297, with 114 homers, 640 RBI and .794 OPS. He has been All-Star four times, and in 2014 finished third in the MVP vote.
Brantley is playing on a two-year, $ 32 million contract he signed before the 2019 season.
ESPN statistics and information contributed to this report.